Field Operations Division

The Field Operations Division is commanded by Captain Howie Thompson.

Operational Zones



The Field Operations Division has one captain, four lieutenants, fourteen sergeants, and six Master Patrol Officers. 18-26 uniformed patrol officers in marked cars are on duty and patrol the city at a time.
Patrol officer in his car, leaving the LEC

Work Schedule


The zone teams work 12 hour shifts, rotating their schedule every six weeks and working either day or night shift. We supplement the twelve-hour shifts with "power shifts" to boost patrol staffing during busiest times (afternoons and evenings).

When uniformed patrol officers arrive on duty, they attend a short shift briefing and then head out to one of four assigned Zones. Our goal is to ensure that calls for service are covered while allowing officers to have proactive time to patrol neighborhoods within their Zones. 

A K-9 Unit is also assigned to the Operations Division.